Bottom of the table Galway make the trip to Richmond Park to face St Patricks Athletic, looking for their first win in 21 games. However they face a St Pats side that while currently in the middle of some patchy form have not lost at home in 18 games.
While Galway’s troubles have been well documented, the Tribesmen have amassed only 5 points all season, 4th place St Pats are currently on a poor run of their own with just two wins in their last 8 games. Dropped points at home to Bohemians, UCD and Dundalk has seen Pete Mahon’s side slip six points behind Derry at the top of the table.
Galway manager Sean Connor will be a relatively happy man coming into this game, as not only did his side give Shamrock Rovers a hard game last time out, the former Bohs manager can also enjoy the experience of being be able to almost a full squad to choose from on Saturday evening.
Injuries have played a large part in Galway’s poor form this season, however the return of Sean Kelly after a long layoff is a welcome boost for the tribesmen is a welcome boost although the players is expected to start the game on the bench.
Stephen Walsh also returns to the starting line up having recovered from a knock however Johnny Keane and Laurence Gaughan will both miss out, Keane is struggling with a knee injury while Gaughan must serve his additional 1 match suspension against St. Pat’s, having been sent off against Bray Wanderers 3 weeks ago.
Speaking ahead of the game, O’Connor was wary of the threat posed by the Inchicore side telling the clubs official site, “It’s difficult, they’re at the business end of the table. They had a good win in the Cup and held Bohs to a draw in their last League game. They’re a quality team, who are well set up and physical. We’ve got to be on our game to get anything from the match.”
St Pat’s will be missing striker Ian Daly who looks set to be out for a further week with a back injury however on a positive note, Danny North, Dave McMillan and Shane McFaul all trained on Thursday and are available for selection. While Evan McMillan should also return after he finished his exams.
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